The Covenant of Gretna Baptist Church

We solemnly covenant together, God helping us, that as strangers and pilgrims we will abstain from fleshly lusts that war against the soul. (I Peter 2:11-12)

That we will put away from us bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven us. (Ephesians 4:30-32)

That as we have opportunity we will do good unto all men especially unto them that are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

That we will have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but will rather reprove them. (Ephesians 5:11)

That we will earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints. (Jude 3,4)

That we will bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

That we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is. (Hebrews 10:25)

That we will keep the ordinances as they were delivered unto us. (Acts 2:41, 42; I Corinthians 11:23-26)

That we will confess our faults one to another and pray for one another. (James 5:16)

That we will remember them which have the rule over us, who speak unto us the Word of God, whose faith follow, considering the end of their conduct, Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church. (Hebrews 13:7; Colossians 1:18)

That we will give as God hath prospered us; not grudgingly, nor of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver, that we be not eased and others burdened. (II Corinthians 9:7)

That whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, we will think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church of like faith and order where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.